China says jailing of 'US spy' its own affair

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the sentencing was a domestic matter.

China says jailing of 'US spy' its own affair


China said on Tuesday the jailing of a U.S. geologist on charges of stealing state secrets, described by the United States as disappointing, was its own affair and other countries had no right to interfere.

Xue Feng, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen born in China, was detained late in 2007 after negotiating the sale of an oil industry database to his employer at the time, Colorado-based consultancy IHS Energy, now known as IHS Inc.

The U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, said he was disappointed by the eight-year sentence and that the prosecutor's case appeared "flimsy" and "opaque".

"This is a case that we have highlighted repeatedly at very senior levels of our government," he told Reuters.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the sentencing was a domestic matter.

"China's judicial departments have handled this case strictly by the law. This is China's internal affair," Qin told a news briefing. "China's internal affairs and judicial sovereignty cannot be interfered with by foreign countries."

Xue was convicted of attempting to obtain and traffic in state secrets, a year after his trial ended, said the Duihua Foundation, which promotes prisoners' rights in China and the United States. The database was classified as a state secret only after it was sold, it added.

Huntsman said Washington would continue seeking Xue's immediate release, possibly on medical or humanitarian grounds.


Reuters


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